Tag: Large Dog Breeds

Rhodesian Ridgeback

  Rhodesian Ridgeback Overview The Rhodesian Ridgeback got his name from the ridge of hair that grows along his spine in the opposite direction of all other hair. This trait comes from one of the Ridgeback’s breed cousins, the Khoikhoi dog, a sighthound that was popular in South …

Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound Overview The Redbone Coonhound is a US breed of dog most popularized by their portrayal in literary works such as Where the Red Fern Grows. The breed was brought to the US in the 1700s and was a combination of red-colored foxhounds from England and Ireland …

Rottweiler

Rottweiler Overview The Rottweiler gets its name from its location of origin, the town of Rottweil, Germany. This was a center for livestock and needed dogs that were large and able to drive cattle as well as cart goods to the market. As the railroads became popular, however, …

Portuguese Pointer

Portuguese Pointer Overview The Portuguese Pointer stems from the same lines as other Iberian hunting dogs. He has a long history as a royal bird dog, but quickly became popular as a hunting dog for those outside of royalty. The Pointer was also brought onto Portuguese ships and …

Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese Podengo Overview The Portuguese Podengo is a unique breed that comes in three different sizes. Each was bred to hunt, and the size correlated with the terrain they hunted in. Grandes (the largest) hunted wild boar while the Medio (middle) was dexterous against rabbits. The Pequeno (smallest) …

Pointer

Pointer Overview Pointers were developed to help alert the hunter to the location of prey. Breed ancestors may include Foxhounds, Bloodhounds and Greyhounds, although exact ancestry is not known. The breed is known for “pointing out” where prey is, and where the name comes from.   Pointer Characteristics …

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle Overview The Standard Poodle has been one of the most versatile dogs in history. They were easily able to work as retrievers while still being loyal, stylish and dignified companions. The Standard Poodle maintains a high level of popularity throughout the world for both their companionship …

Plott

Plott Overview When the Plott brothers emigrated from Germany to the US, they brought with them the ancestral stock of the Plott, or Plott Hound. They were used in the Smokey Mountains for a variety of game, including bear. The breed shifted over to becoming a coonhound as …

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchid Overview The Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of the oldest dog breeds known to man and is considered the Sphinx of the dog world.  The dogs were usually dressed in ceremonial clothing and held in high regard by the Incan civilization.  They’re also loved for …

Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog Overview The exact origin of the Old English Sheepdog is unknown, however, there is thought that the breed came from a mix of Briard, Scottish Deerhound and Russian hounds. The breed has a dense, plush coat that keeps him dry and warm even in the damp …

Estrela Mountain Dog

Estrela Mountain Dog Overview The Estrela Mountain Dog is a Foundation Service Stock breed originating in Portugal. Foundation Stock Breeds are able to beregistered to provide documentation of these breeds, but are not an actual AKCregistered breed. Often times the breeds are from an ancient or older line …

Kuvasz

Kuvasz Overview The Kuvasz is a breed that has guarded the livestock of Hungary for thousands of years. They are believed to have been brought to Hungary along a similar path as the Komondor. Unlike the Komondor though, this breed is used in wetter mountainous areas rather than …

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Overview The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular and loved breeds of dog worldwide. The breed was started when dogs from Newfoundland came to England, retrieving nets and fowl in the icy waters of their homeland. The English were delighted at their ease in …

Komondor

  Komondor Overview A direct descendent of the Owtcharka, an ancient flock guarding dog, the Komondor was brought to Hungary by nomads 1,000 years prior. They were bred to protect livestock against predators such as wolves and coyotes. Their unique corded coat helped them to blend in with …

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound Overview Originating in the Spanish island of Ibiza, this ancient breed has been around for nearly thousands of years. The breed is a Sighthound, hunting game such as rabbits to help supplement the food islanders ate. The breed has since expanded its reach beyond the island, …

Harrier

Harrier Overview Related to the English Foxhound, some speculate that the Harrier is actually just a small Foxhound and from the same scenthound stock as Foxhounds just mixed with smaller dogs such as Beagles. The job of this breed was to follow hares while hunters followed the dogs …